Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SP3 Express with Advanced Edition fails to install

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition wtih Advanced Services Service Pack 3 fails to install. This was pushed via WSUS. Clients attempt to install but fail. When downloading the version directly from Microsoft it installs but the Windows Update icon does not dissapear. We have rebooted, restarted services but can't resolve this issue. It still shows as failed from the WSUS notification. Haven't found any articles while researching yet.

Anybody experiencing this issue? Microsoft Windows Update Team suggest this is not an update issue. Oldly enough they made the service pack available via WSUS. NICE!!!!

Here is what they say
If you have not installed SQL Server manually, most likely, some database applications such as ACT are using SQL Server Express edition therefore SQL Server Express edition was installed by database applications. Since the installation failure of this SQL server update can be caused by corruption in the SQL program itself, we may have to recommend contacting our SQL Support team directly

ColmanhAsked:
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DonConnect With a Mentor Network AdministratorCommented:
This is most likely the problem

The XP SP3 / MSXML6 SP2 / SQL Server debacle
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Mike LazarusAct! Evangelist - CRM ConsultantCommented:
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ColmanhAuthor Commented:
The solution sugested by dstewartjr worked very well in this case.

I ran the Windows Installer Cleanup Utility as suggested in the SQL Blog article to remove MSXML6. This resolved the issue with one of my users and the SQL SP installed succesfully. We are going to try the same for some other users. The great news was that I did not have to remove XP SP3 or SQL so that saved a lot of time.

Thank you so much for your help and time. BTW the article from GLComputing is extremely helpful.

Best regards

C.
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DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
"The solution sugested by dstewartjr worked very well in this case."

Then you may have accepted the wrong comment as the solution.
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Mike LazarusAct! Evangelist - CRM ConsultantCommented:
As dstewartjr indicated, you can also split points between different experts who have provided information helpful to you
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ColmanhAuthor Commented:
Opps. Any way to fix that?
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Mike LazarusAct! Evangelist - CRM ConsultantCommented:
I think, if you click "Request Attention" in the origianl post it might attract an Admin who can re-assign
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ColmanhAuthor Commented:
Done. I'll see what they come back with and update it.

Appreciate your support
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ColmanhAuthor Commented:
Super recomendation and solution. Have happy users :)
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